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2014 Honda TRX250X - Dirt Sports Alternatives

Posted in Vehicle Reviews on May 16, 2014
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When you’re a beginning rider, or even a more experienced rider in unfamiliar terrain, you want your machine to be easy to ride. More than a few riders are intimidated or simply annoyed by the lever on the left hand of the handlebar. Conventional manual clutches can be tricky to learn.

Honda’s 2014 TRX250X is equipped with Honda's SportClutch. The SportClutch allows the rider to experience the release-and-engage action of a conventional clutch, but the SportClutch is designed to disengage as needed to prevent engine stalling. The SportClutch is used in conjunction with a five-speed manual transmission that is also equipped with a reverse gear. It’s an easy-to-ride Honda package that boosts rider confidence.

Braaaaap! We keep harping on the need to join CORVA or a similar trail advocacy group in your local area. These groups look out for the interests of mountain bikers, dirt bike riders, and ATV riders in addition to 4x4 trail users. Find a group and join! You’ll be a better-informed, more responsible trail user, and you’ll have more open trails to choose from.

The engine is a Honda 229cc air-cooled, OHV four-stroke: simple, reliable, and fun. It is rubber-mounted to insulate it from the chassis and reduce vibration-related rider fatigue. By contrast, most motorcycle and ATV engines are solid-mounted. Another unique engine feature is that it’s longitudinally mounted with a driveshaft (as opposed to a chain) directly mounted to the engine’s output countershaft.

The chassis is a descendant of Honda’s competition models, with coilover-equipped independent A-arms up front and a coilover-equipped swingarm rear suspension. Braking power comes from dual hydraulic front discs and a sealed rear drum.

When you add up a friendly, rubber-mounted, low-maintenance engine, a SportClutch, a driveshaft, and a capable chassis, it all adds up to a fun machine that asks for little and delivers in spades. Stall this: we dare you!

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